Krishna University, in association with Royal Society of Chemistry – London (Deccan Chapter), organised a one-day seminar on ‘The role of chemistry in drug development’ at PB Siddhartha College here on Saturday.

Inaugurating the seminar, Sriam Labs Chairman C.R. Naidu said India was only the second country in the world after the U.S. to have more number of drugs approved by the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration).

He pointed out that in India there were over 50,000 chemists who form the backbone of the pharmaceutical sector.

“Doctors are considered to be the face of the pharma industry, but it is the chemists and biologists who play the actual role in the drug research and development in the back end.”

Mr. Naidu, who was a former IPS officer, said, “Imagination is important in the research sector. It is people with imagination who take the world forward.”

He also advised the students to focus on knowledge, skills, and attitude for success in their career.

The keynote address was delivered by professor Arun K Sharma from Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute, the U.S. He delivered a talk on ‘Selenium: Potential for cancer therapeutics development’.

Krishna University Vice-Chancellor V. Venkaiah, Royal Society of Chemistry (Deccan Chapter) Secretary V. Peesapati, Siddhartha Academy president N. Venkateswarlu, and Krishna University Dean and organising secretary M.V. Basaveswara Rao addressed the participants.

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